(Closed) Are programs a waste?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
5959 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

I must have attended over 100 weddings, I can’t recall looking at a program and thinking, “Wow!” ….in fact I don’t remember them at all….or course I don’t mind them either, so follow your bliss.

Post # 4
2270 posts
Buzzing bee

I’m not having any at my wedding. At the wedding I went to most recently, there was a big stack left behind. Only 65 had been printed; one for each guest. I’d say 5 people took one. I took one to recycle it afterwards. I’m a big recycler.

Post # 5
1212 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012


Post # 6
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Big waste in my opinion.

Post # 7
1851 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Yes they’re a waste…didn’t have them at my wedding and still ended up married Wink

Post # 8
4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

We had them because:
1. The ceremony had a responsive reading
2. Wedding was outside in July, so they were also fans. 

Otherwise, I think you’re fine to skip them.

Post # 9
2554 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I wouldn’t bother. I never got around to mine and it was no big deal!

Post # 10
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think they’re a waste.  I’ve only been to one wedding that had programs and lots were leftover.  I thought they were beautiful and I kept it but then opted not to bother with our wedding.  I think they’d be helpful if you were doing something that some people may not be familar with. 

Post # 11
8342 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I really liked ours to be honest but they’re certainly not a ‘must have’.

Post # 12
2893 posts
Sugar bee


Post # 13
915 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@rebwana:  I’m doing program fans as well, because it’s outside at the end of May.

I wouldn’t like there not being anything though — I like to check out who is in the wedding party and the songs they’re using, etc.

Post # 14
872 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I am making ceremony programs though most of the people in attendance will be family just so they can have an itinerary of what is going to happen. When I went to a wedding in early September the bride made ceremony programs and they were really helpful, I got to know what was going on….and honestly I needed the help with some of what she did for the ceremony! She had communion and a prayer blessing with no microphone so all the guests saw was the pastor’s lips moving and some nodding, we would have been clueless without the ceremony programs! 

I don’t know though, maybe for a small wedding they are not really needed, but a nice  “just in case” gesture.  You could always just print off your own ceremony programs, that will be a quick and easy thing to do.

Post # 15
2305 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

We’re not going to do them, but we are going to do one giant program, either on a chalk board or on a sign of some sort. I saw the idea on pintrest and liked it. It will be at the door to the chapel, where we’re also having our rings lay so people can ‘warm’ or ‘bless’ them.

Post # 16
1832 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I think they are waste, people either don’t take them, or take them and never even look at them. We are not having them at our wedding my our ceremony is only going to be 20 minutes or so, with no readings etc.

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